The Comptroller and Audit General of India (CAG) conducted an audit of 37 Regional Passport Offices between June 2012 and August 2015.
The report stated that it took 71 days to issue a passport in 2014, three times longer than the 24 days prescribed by the government.
Police verification took double the number of days prescribed (42 instead of 21) to authenticate applicants' information.
In Gujarat, it takes 27 days on an average for police verification of a passport application, ranking tenth countrywide. Delhi takes only 12 days to complete police verification, while Assam on an average takes 265 days.
Results of the Audit report
In 2014, a mere 21% of the passport applications were actually processed within the prescribed three working days.
This number of passports processed in time fell from 26% in 2013.
The report further stated than none of the states or union territories witness police verification in 21 days.
The Delhi High Court ordered the Centre to "revisit" it's system of application checks.
Out of the 84,647 complaints in 2014 by passport offices, only 63,831 (75%) were addressed; leaving 20,816 complaints (25%) unattended until the end of the year.